The Board

FCSS is governed by an experienced board of trustees. They are responsible for the strategic management of FCSS, they control and supervise our activities, set a vision for the organisation, and run FCSS in a way that will achieve these aims.

Seeking Trustees to join our dynamic Board

Seeking Trustees to join our dynamic Board

FCSS has been created to challenge the inflexibility of current childcare provision across the country and to ensure equity of early years’ and childcare experience for all children regardless of family circumstances, location or specific needs.

To do this we have designed a trilogy of services including direct service delivery, a support package for providers adopting a more flexible model and an accreditation scheme.

We are now seeking additional Trustees to join our skilled and experienced Board.

Board Trustees are responsible for the charity’s governance and strategy, and for making sure that the charity is administered effectively. They must account for its activities and outcomes.

The main responsibilities and duties of the role are:

  • To act in the interests of the charity, operating in a manner consistent with the charity’s purpose
  • To act with care and diligence
  • To manage any conflict of interest between the charity and any person or organisation who appoints trustees

To comply with the 2005 Act (specific duties) relating to:

  • Maintaining charity details on the Scottish Charity Register
  • Reporting to OSCR: making changes to your charity
  • Financial records and reporting
  • Fundraising
  • Providing information to the public

To work in conjunction with fellow Trustees and the organisation’s Senior Management Team to deliver against its vision of; “Creating flexibility in early learning and childcare for all children, families and communities across Scotland.”

To be responsible, with fellow Trustees, for the overall governance and strategic direction of the SCIO, developing the organisations aims, objectives and goals in accordance with the governing document, legal and regulatory guidelines.

To develop and promote effective working relationships both within the group and with external partners, regulators and other relevant stakeholders.

Person Specification: You should have excellent communication and organisational skills and be able to demonstrate a commitment to inclusion, diversity, social justice, anti-discrimination and protecting and caring for children.

Be passionate about children’s services and driven to deliver equitable access to services for all.

Desirable: Experience in HR; Children and Families Services; Business Management, Marketing, Social Enterprise, Fundraising, Compliance or other relevant area.

Terms & Conditions

1. Period of appointment: An initial period of three years after which you will be eligible for re-election for a further period of three years.
2. Salary: Volunteer role, expenses will be paid
3. Location: Edinburgh/Dundee
4. Equal Opportunities and Family Friendly Employment. We have Investors in People status and Living Wage accreditation.

To Apply

If you are interested in apply to become a member of our Board of Trustees please send an expression of interest to our Project Manager, Canelle Friis, at canelle.friis@fcss.org.uk.

Mark Ferguson

Mark Ferguson

Board Member at FCSS

Mark has over ten years’ experience working in public affairs and corporate communications across the UK. He joined Pinsent Masons in 2019, before which he worked in the energy sector.

Mark studied business at the University of Aberdeen and gained a Masters in Policy Studies from the University of Edinburgh. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and has a diploma in Crisis Communications.

Mark lives in Midlothian with his wife and young daughter.

Kevin Cadman

Kevin Cadman

Board Member at FCSS and former Regional Director for Central Scotland at Royal Bank of Scotland

Hi, my name is Kevin Cadman.

In my day job I used to work in Royal Bank of Scotland for 30 years, latterly as Regional Director for Central Scotland. I then took up the role of Chief Executive of a new charity for 5 years until I retired in 2018 – early retirement that is!! With my increased spare time I want to use my experience to support other organisations to improve and develop, I have been a Board Director of OPFS for over 10 years and have recently taken up positions of Director and Treasurer of both Scottish Community Finance and the Scottish Community Reinvestment Trust which support in the advice and funding of community initiatives across Scotland.

What matters to me is everybody within society is given the opportunity to be the best that they can be.

I joined the Board at FCSS because I want to use my experience in banking and of setting up a new charity to support the growth and development of this exciting new charity to help more and more people across Scotland.

(And the fun:)
For fun I like to travel! My wife and I are now addicted to travel since retiring and spend as much time as possible in the sun!

Or, here’s something not many people know about me cars are my passion and for the last 27 years, when time has allowed, the care and restoration of my now classic ‘Deux Chevaux’ Citroen 2CV is the priority. Never taken out in the wet – a challenge in Scotland!! – but great fun on a sunny day and now very rare on the roads, which makes people smile and wave!!

Sally Cavers

Sally Cavers

Board Member at FCSS and Head of Inclusion at Children in Scotland

Hi, my name is Sally.

In my day job I am Head of Inclusion at Children in Scotland where I co-ordinate all of our additional support for learning services and projects and think about how we can contribute to making lasting changes for children with additional support needs.

What matters to me is respect, trust and equity. I think we have great services and support networks in Scotland but it worries me that not every child who needs them gets them. I think there are some things we need to do differently to secure better outcomes for all children and young people.

I joined the Board at FCSS because I admire the vision and aims of the organisation. I am involved in a childcare project in Glasgow and conscious of the fact that flexibility is key to making some fundamental changes to the provision of childcare. FCSS seems to me to be built on innovation and shifting the way services are designed and delivered.

For fun I like to bake and be crafty, I love to make things with my son and daughter or for them!

Chris Jamieson

Chris Jamieson

Board Member at FCSS and Lead Fund Manager at Social Investment Scotland

Hi, my name is Chris Jamieson.

In my day job I help lead the Investment Team at Social Investment Scotland, supporting ambitious and impactful social enterprises, charities and community groups looking to make a positive impact on people’s lives, society or the environment.

What matters to me is knowing that we are supporting impactful organisations that are creating positive change in the communities that they seek to serve.

I joined the Board at FCSS because I believe the families we seek to serve are the core focus of our services. I believe what we do will make a fundamental improvement to the lives of families through supporting their childcare needs.

For fun I like to spend time with family and friends and pretend I am an active and talented runner and cyclist! Not many people know this but I was once a British and Commonwealth Fencing Champion.

Ken Mill

Ken Mill

Board Member at FCSS and former Head of Finance at One Parent Families Scotland

Hi, my name is Ken Mill.

In my day job I was a Chartered Accountant, now retired.

What matters to me is doing the right thing for our children so they all have an equal chance in life.

I joined the Board at FCSS because having worked with OPFS I respect the work they do and wanted to support them in that.

For fun I like to travel and play golf. Not many people know this but as a scout I lowered the flag on Edinburgh Castle at the beating of the retreat.

Want to join the board?

We are looking for new Board Directors who share our passion about the importance of flexible childcare. You will bring knowledge, experience and skills to support our strategic development, growth and diversification. Knowledge and experience of the charity and voluntary sector, especially early learning and childcare, is welcome but not essential. However we are looking for experienced and dedicated individuals who may have experience of finance; HR; Business management; strategic and partnership development; commissioning and contracting; advocacy, social care and health services would be especially useful.